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One of London’s busiest stretches of canal towpath was given a makeover this weekend by a 10-strong team from Hackney Police Cadets and the Haggerston Safer Neighbourhood Team.
They joined our staff and volunteers to help clean up Acton’s Lock on the Regent’s Canal, which runs past the renowned Broadway Market.
The teams cut back vegetation, creating extra space on the towpath, helping the many cyclists, boaters and walkers who use this route. A large section of graffiti was also removed from brickwork on the ramp that provides a route from the street to the towpath.
Dick Vincent, Canal & River Trust towpath ranger, said: “It was brilliant to have the Police Cadets help us out. They were really enthusiastic and got so much done. It just shows how much we can improve the towpaths with an extra bit of help. The stretch by Broadway Market is one of the busiest anywhere in London, particularly on a weekend when the market is in full swing. The work we’ve done should provide a bit more space to the thousands of families, cyclists, runners, boaters and walkers who enjoy the canal. Thanks to everyone who helped out.”
PC Dominic Persad, added: “This was so much more than just a fun day out for the Cadets, it’s a real world exercise in the basics of policing. They got to make some changes to the environment that have really positive effects on people’s behaviour, and the local residents can see first-hand the improvements. It was really impressive to see them get so stuck in and the results speak from themselves.”
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